|Publication number||US7658413 B2|
|Application number||US 11/688,690|
|Publication date||Feb 9, 2010|
|Filing date||Mar 20, 2007|
|Priority date||Jul 2, 2004|
|Also published as||US20070164551|
|Publication number||11688690, 688690, US 7658413 B2, US 7658413B2, US-B2-7658413, US7658413 B2, US7658413B2|
|Original Assignee||Andon Malone|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (41), Referenced by (4), Classifications (10), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/883,188 filed Jul. 2, 2004 now abandoned in the name of the Applicant, to which priority is claimed.
This invention relates generally to snow poles and more specifically to a snow pole and snowboard binding combination wherein the snow pole may be automatically extended from and retracted into an interior portion of a housing of the snow pole and wherein the snow pole may be conveniently stored on the snowboard binding.
Snowboarding has become a popular past-time for many people. Snowboarding differs from skiing principally in the use of a single board with two spaced apart bindings for a person's feet instead of two skis with a binding for each foot of the person. A skier typically uses two ski poles to control motion on snow surfaces. Generally, a ski pole is not used by snowboarders, since the snowboard is wider than a ski and usually a person is able to maneuver the snowboard like a surfboard. A snowboarder controls the snowboard by shifting the snowboarder's weight from side to side like a surf board.
In some situations, such as when the slope of a hill is flat, the snowboarder may lose momentum. Instead of having to unstrap one's boots from their snowboard bindings to walk the snowboard across the flat slope, it would be useful for a snowboarder to have a snow pole to help push the snowboard along while remaining strapped into the snowboard bindings. Additionally, a pole would also be useful when a snowboarder is unable to use a foot for safely maneuvering the snowboard.
Collapsible and adjustable poles for skiing are known. Hoffman, U.S. Pat. No. 6,217,073 disclosed a manually extendable and retractable shaft for a snow pole with a basket or plate at one end of the snow pole shaft. The basket or plate end of the snow pole is placed against the snow surface, so that the snowboarder can push along the surface of the snow. According to Hoffman's disclosure, the collapsible snow pole is substantially a regular-sized ski pole which must be carried like a small ski pole by the snowboarder and does not permit hands-free snowboarding. Furthermore, the Hoffman snow pole is very large and is attached to the snowboard in between the snowboard bindings. Most snowboarders would find this to be cumbersome and dangerous, because it leaves very little room for a snowboarder to place his/her rear boot when getting on and off the chair lift. Such a large snow pole may also prove to be dangerous for freestyle snowboarders riding through a terrain park, because the snow pole could detach from the snowboard and hit the snowboarder or someone else.
The present inventor has recognized the need for a snow pole and snowboard binding combination that allows the snow pole to be conveniently and safely stored on the snowboard binding so that the snowboarder may ride the snowboard hands-free. The snow pole will also preferably be automatically extendable and retractable. The present inventor's snow pole also has additional advantages including an emergency flag housed within the handle of the snow pole and a homing device which may be activated by the snowboarder during an emergency.
Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide an improved snow pole and snowboard binding combination that allows the snow pole to be conveniently and safely stored on a snowboard binding.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide an improved snow pole having pole members that may be automatically extended from an interior portion of a housing of the snow pole.
It is a still further object of this invention to provide an improved snow pole having pole members that may be automatically retracted into an interior portion of a housing of the snow pole.
It is a further object of this invention to provide an emergency flag system that is contained within the housing of the snow pole.
In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a snow pole and snowboard binding combination is disclosed. The combination comprises a snow pole and a snowboard binding having attachment means for removably coupling the snow pole to the snowboard binding.
In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a snow pole and snowboard binding combination is disclosed. The combination comprises a snow pole that comprises: a housing; a plurality of telescoping pole members slidably coupled together and having a plurality of locking pins for securing the pole members in an extended position, the pole members being located within an interior portion of the housing; a release lever having: a first end protruding out of an aperture defined by the housing; and an L-shaped second end removably coupled to an aperture defined by a pole tip coupled to a distal end of an innermost pole member when the snow pole is in a retracted position; wherein depressing the first end of the release lever causes the L-shaped second end to pivot out from the aperture defined by the pole tip; and means for retracting the pole members into the housing. The combination also comprises a snowboard binding comprising: a mounting plate coupled to a side portion of the snowboard binding; and at least one clamp lock coupled to the mounting plate.
In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a combination snow pole and snowboard binding is disclosed. The combination comprises a snow pole comprising: a housing; a plurality of telescoping pole members slidably coupled together and having a plurality of locking pins for securing the pole members in an extended position, the pole members being located within an interior portion of the housing; means for extending the pole members out of the housing; means for retracting the pole members into the housing; and an emergency flag assembly contained within the housing. The combination also comprises a snowboard binding having attachment means for removably coupling the snow pole to the snowboard binding.
The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following, more particular, description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
The novel features believed characteristic of the invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention will best be understood by reference to the following detailed description of illustrated embodiments when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals and symbols represent like elements.
As shown in
Turning now to
When the snow pole 28 is in a retracted position, the L-shaped second end 74 is removably coupled to an aperture 80 defined by the pole tip 76. By pressing the first end 72 of the release lever 70, the L-shaped second end 74 pivots out from the aperture 80 defined by the pole tip 76. Then, by swinging one's arm, centrifugal force will cause the pole members 40 to extend out of the housing 30. While this is preferred, it should also be clearly understood, however, that substantial benefit may nevertheless be derived from manually extending the pole members 40.
The snow pole 28 preferably has a plurality of locking pins 60 for securing the pole members 28 in an extended position. The locking pins 60 preferably comprise a spring 62 and two L-shaped tabs 64 coupled at opposing ends of the spring 62. The L-shaped tabs 64 preferably have first ends 66 dimensioned to engage opposing apertures 44 defined by a proximal end 42 of a pole member 40 and to engage aligning opposing apertures 39 defined by a distal end 38 of the housing 30 when the snow pole 28 is in an extended position (shown in
A spring lock 98 is also preferably used to secure the pole members 40 in an extended position. The spring lock 98 has a proximal end 100 coupled to a distal end 96 of the reel line 92. When the pole members 40 are fully extended, the distal end 102 of the spring lock 98 will engage the apertures 44 defined by the proximal end 52 of the innermost pole member 50 and will engage the aligning apertures 48 defined by the distal end 46 of the preceding pole member 40. The L-shaped second end 74 of the release lever 70 may then also be inserted into an aperture 58 defined by the outermost pole member 56.
The means for retracting the snow pole 28 into the housing 30 preferably comprises a spring loaded reel 82, a retraction lever 84, a plurality of tapered stopper rings 90, a length of reel line 92, and a spring lock 98. The retraction lever 84 comprises a first end 86 protruding out of an aperture 36 defined by the housing 30 and an L-shaped second end 88 removably coupled to the spring loaded reel 82.
Each tapered stopper ring 90 is coupled to the proximal end 42 of a pole member 40 and is dimensioned to engage the second ends 68 of the two L-shaped tabs 64 of the locking pin 60 of a preceding pole member 40. A length of reel line 92 has a proximal end 94 that is coupled to the spring loaded reel 82 and a length of the reel line 92 is wound about the spring loaded reel 82. A spring lock 98 has a proximal end 100 that is coupled to a distal end 96 of the reel line 92 and the spring lock 98 has a distal end 102 that is dimensioned to engage at least one aperture 44 defined by a proximal end 52 of the innermost pole member 50 and to also engage at least one aligning aperture 48 defined by the distal end 46 of the preceding pole member 40. Preferably, the distal end 102 of the spring lock 98 comprises two opposing ends with a spring 103 coupled there between and the two opposing ends engage two apertures 44 defined by the proximal end 52 of the innermost pole member 50 and also engage two aligning apertures 48 defined by the distal end 46 of the preceding pole member 40.
By pressing the first end 86 of the retraction lever 84, the L-shaped second end 88 pivots and releases the spring loaded reel 82. As the reel line 92 begins to wind about the spring loaded reel 82, the distal end 102 of the spring lock 98 compresses and disengages from the aligning apertures 48 defined by the distal end 46 of the preceding pole member 40. As the innermost pole member 50 is retracted into the preceding pole member 40, the tapered stopper ring 90 coupled to the proximal end 52 of the innermost pole member 50 engages the second ends 68 of the L-shaped tabs 64 of the locking pin 60 that couples the proximal end 42 of the preceding pole member 40 to the distal end 46 of the next preceding pole member 40. This causes the spring 62 of the locking pin 60 to compress which then causes the first ends 66 of the L-shaped tabs 64 to disengage from the aligning apertures 48 defined by the distal end 46 of the next preceding pole member 40. The first ends 66 of the L-shaped tabs 64, however, do not disengage from the apertures 44 defined by the proximal end 42 of the preceding pole member 40. This helps to keep the locking pins 60 in place when the snow pole 28 is in a retracted position. Alternatively, the locking pins 60 may be coupled to the bottom portion of the tapered stopper rings 90 directly above them (not shown). Each of the pole members 40 retract in similar fashion until all of the pole members 40 have retracted within the housing 30. Once all of the pole members 40 have retracted within the housing 30, the L-shaped second end 74 of the release lever 70 may then be inserted into the aperture 80 defined by the pole tip 76.
While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the foregoing and other changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. For example, a snow pole 28 having alternative means for retracting and means for extending the pole members 40 may be used in the combination 10. Furthermore, the pole members 40 may be square-shaped, diamond-shaped, oval-shaped, or any other suitable shape.
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|U.S. Classification||280/823, 280/819, 135/75, 280/14.22|
|Cooperative Classification||A63C11/025, A63C10/00, A63C5/03, A63C11/221|
|Sep 20, 2013||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Feb 9, 2014||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Apr 1, 2014||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20140209